Thursday, 7 June 2018

Mason's Travel News

Winning Team © Gerard Cazade

Fair winds for Mason’s Travel at Seychelles Regatta

The 2018 Seychelles Regatta concluded on Sunday with Mason’s Travel not only contributing to the sponsorship and organisation of the event, but also to the winning team. 

The ISPC/Mouton Cadet/Mason’s Travel team, comprised of mostly Seychellois sailors including Alan Mason, Managing Director of Mason’s Travel  and skippered by Frenchman Franck-Yves Escoffier, emerged victorious in a competition that saw eight teams zig and zag their way through a multitude of islands in the Seychelles archipelago.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Hotel Updates: North Island Seu

North Island's New Goal: A Pure, Plastic-Free Private Island

North Island, Seychelles has banned plastic straws from this exclusive private-island destination, known for its pristine natural environment and progressive conservation initiatives. In taking its first steps towards becoming a completely plastic-free island, North Island hopes to accelerate positive change around the world by providing a leading example of sustainable tourism.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Hotel Updates: Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa

Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa Taking Steps To Reduce Plastic Across Resorts

At a time when ecotourism is continuing to grow as a trend amongst travellers and with even the UK’s royal estate announcing plans to cut down on plastic use, Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa is delighted to announce a new initiative that aims to reduce the amount of plastic on the island. 

Monday, 4 June 2018

Hotel Updates: Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa

Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa Unveil Coral Nursery

Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa, the stunning five-star boutique resort on Mahé Island, is proud to announce the opening of a coral nursery nearby Beau Vallon Bay. This new project will help protect and preserve the marine and reef life along the island’s North-West coast. Guests of Northolme Resort & Spa will be able to take part in the project by adopting coral, along with having the chance to snorkel along a coral trail and visit the coral nursey with a marine conservation specialist. 

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Seychelles Tourism News

Seychelles Showcased in Poland, Czech Republic, Romania & Hungary as STB Hosts the 2018 Eastern Europe Roadshow

The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) conducted the fifth edition of its Eastern Europe roadshow across Poland, Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary, from May 28 to 31, 2018. Adopting a new format this year, STB hosted a combination of workshops and presentations in the capital cities of Warsaw, Prague, Bucharest and Budapest.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Seychelles Tourism News

Alexander Jovanovic, Amy Sefton Win STB's Facebook Photography Contest, Marvis Confait's Photo Was the Judges' Favourite

Alexander Jovanovic emerged as the winner of this year's Facebook Photography competition organised by the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB).

His photo obtained the most likes in the final voting on the social media platform.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Seychelles Tourism News

Seychelles Tourism Board Unveils New Destination Website

The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) on Tuesday unveiled its new destination website. The new ‘face’ of the destination - – replaces the one that has been online for the past four years.

It was the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Didier Dogley, accompanied by the STB Chief Executive, Sherin Francis, who unveiled the new platform.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Seychelles in The Spotlight

Russian / Seychelles Tourism Expert Shares Insight into Destination Seychelles

Tatiana Prolesko, founder of SeyClub Russia shares this article on her perspective of cruising as a way of travel through the Seychelles islands. Seyclub is one of Mason’s Travel partners  and they are a small team entirely dedicated to Seychelles. This is a great read for those wanting to know more about the live aboard options

You can download the article in PDF format from the link towards the end of this article - but first a quicki Q&A with Tatiana. 

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Seychelles Tourism News

STB Has Announced That The 2018 Staysure Tour Season Will End in Seychelles

Seychelles is keen to explore the potential of the golf tourism market, especially now that the island nation will be welcoming a high profile golf tournament in December.

The Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Sherin Francis, was present in UK on Thursday for the announcement that the 2018 Staysure Tour season will end in Seychelles.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Seychelles Fishing News

Alphonse Fishing Company: Introducing Blue Safari Seychelles

With our operations centered firmly in the heart of the Outer Islands of Seychelles, Alphonse Fishing Co. has become synonymous with world-class fishing experiences! After years of some of the best and wildest fishing on this planet, the team that brought you Alphonse Fishing Co. has decided to broaden their horizons by offering additional leisure experiences and exclusive access to Outer Islands.

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Hotel Updates: North Island Seychelles

The Last Straw: North Island Ban's Plastic Straws

It's a scary thought that every piece of plastic ever produced still exists. Billions of plastic straws are created every day, only to be used for mere minutes before being thrown away, potentially polluting our precious oceans forever.

North Island's commitment to conservation and the environment is not only represented in the rehabilitation of the forests or the protection of endangered species, but also includes looking into our own operations and searching for ways to reduce our footprint on nature. 

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles Announces the Order of A320neo Airbus Aircraft

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has today announced its first order of the new generation A320neo (new engine option) aircraft as part of the plan to refresh its fleet and increase efficiency on its regional network.

The order was signed by Air Seychelles Chief Executive Officer, Remco Althuis and the Airbus Vice President Sales Sub-Sahara Africa and Indian Ocean, Hadi Akoum during a ceremony held at the Savoy Resort and Spa in Beau Vallon. 

Monday, 21 May 2018

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles Increases Johannesburg Flights to Six Per Week

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles has announced that it will increase the frequency of its services between Seychelles and Johannesburg to six flights per week starting from Tuesday, 3 July, 2018.

The new service has been introduced to meet the strong travel demand on the Johannesburg route, with increasing number of guests visiting the Seychelles archipelago.  

Friday, 11 May 2018

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles Seals Partnership with Air Botswana

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles and Air Botswana, the national airline of Botswana have signed a Special Prorate Agreement (SPA) to provide travellers with seamless access and transfers opportunities onto each other’s respective route networks, effective 1 May 2018.

As part of the agreement, guests travelling with Air Seychelles will now be able to book and purchase tickets from Seychelles to Johannesburg and onwards to the exciting cities of Gaborone, Francistown and Maun. 

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Airline Updates: Air France / Joon

An Official Welcome to Mark Air France's Return to Seychelles

The return of Air France to Seychelles, through its new sister airline 'Joon' was marked by an inaugural ceremony on Tuesday.

The airline's Airbus A340, flown by Captain Sophie Bordmann, was greeted by a water canon salute as it touched down at the international airport, shortly after 7am.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Hotel Updates: Denis Private Island

Denis Private Island Turns Back the Clock with Creole Nights of Centuries Past 

A new experiential evening on Denis Private Island aims to recreate Seychelles’ colonial past, replete with traditional food and dancing.

The construction of a new beachside pergola that’s creatively referred to as “The Boat Shed” – not to be mistaken for having any maritime use whatsoever – has furnished an “on-location” dining and recreational area for its guests on Friday evenings to enjoy a window into local culture.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Hotel Updates: Constance Hotel Group

The Festival Culinaire Bernard Loiseau 2018: Arshil Soopun, a Mauritian Chef Based in Seychelles, Wins Prestigious Culinary Contest

In an intense and gourmet week that ended on Saturday, March 24th, at Constance Belle Mare Plage, the 13th edition of the Festival Culinaire Bernard Loiseau has kept its promises and has given its acclaim to the art of gastronomy. 

Monday, 7 May 2018

Hotel Updates: North Island Seychellles

North Island Seychelles Turns 21 this Year

North Island’s Managing Director, Bruce Simpson said, “Turning 21 is the ‘coming of age’ in many cultures - the reaching of adulthood or even the end of the learning phase in a child’s life. In North Island’s case, turning 21 is just the start! Over two decades in our lives speak more to the beginning of North Island’s lifespan and evolution, as it is only now starting to evolve into the adult we envisioned and what was really planned for it.”

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Seychelles Tourism News

New Tourism Minister Envisions Seychelles as a Model for Sustainable Tourism to the World

The new Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Didier Dogley, moved into his new office at Botanical House on Friday May 4, 2018.

Formerly the minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, he was assigned the new portfolio in a Cabinet reshuffle announced by President Danny Faure on April 26.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Fishing in Seychelles: A1 Fishing

A1 Fishing Logs Outstanding Catch and Release Figures for First Quarter 2018

A1 Fishing has announced that through their conservation efforts that they have tagged and released 149 billfish from the 1st Dec 2017 to 30th April 2018. 

"These are fantastic figures and a big thank you/ shout out goes to the A1 crew: Perry Rosalie, Brandon Grant, Mangi Katana, Tabu Safari and Jean-Luc Chang-Time," says A1 Fishing's Manager Mike Mason.  

Friday, 4 May 2018

Hotel Updates: Pirogue Lodge Hotel and Restaurant

Temporary Closure of Pirogue Lodge: 01.06.2018 - 05.07.2018

Kindly note as from 01st June 2018 – 05th  July 2018   Pirogue Lodge Hotel and Restaurant on Praslin Island, Seychelles, will be closed for renovation.

The hotel will start to take bookings as from the 06th July 2018.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Hotel Updates: Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines Wins 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award: “Best Business Class in Africa and Indian Ocean”

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline group in Africa and SKYTRAX certified Four Star Global Airline, is proud to announce that it has been recognized by TripAdvisor, one of the largest and most reputed global travel sites, as “The Best Business Class in Africa and Indian Ocean”.  

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Hotel Updates: Bird Island Lodge

Updated Closure Period for 2019 to Include June/July

Bird Island Lodge will be closing from 12th December 2018 to 12th January 2019. 

Management of the lodge have also taken the decision to close in June/July 2019. 

The closure dates for Bird Island Lodge for the 2018/2019 season are thus as follows:

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Seychelles Tourism News

Emirates Renews its Marketing Agreement with the Seychelles Tourism Board

Emirates Airline has extended its global marketing agreement with the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB), renewing its support to the island destination.

Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations for Africa, Orhan Abbas, and STB’s Chief Executive, Sherin Francis, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Monday April 23, 2018.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Seychelles Fishing News: A1 Fishing

A1 Fishing Logs a Great Month for April 2018

A1 Fishing, one of the leading charter operators in Seychelles, have a logged a successful month for April 2018 for their guests who turn to them  to provide expert crewed fishing expeditions in our rich waters. 

Following their live feed on Facebook, A1 fishing have posted updates of some great days fishing throughout the month. Follow their highlights below. 

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Hotel Updates: North Island

Seychelles' North Island Wins Gold at the 2018 African Responsible Tourism Awards

North Island, a luxury private island resort in Seychelles, has won gold at this year's African Responsible Tourism awards.

The award ceremony was held last Wednesday evening, at the WTM Africa travel and tourism trade show in Cape Town, South Africa.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Hotel Updates: CaranaBeach Hotel

Sustainability Tops CaranaBeach Agenda

CaranaBeach Hotel embarks on “Refuse the Straw” campaign to commemorate 2nd anniversary

Patrons of the CaranaBeach Hotel on Mahé are being asked to safeguard the ocean and its inhabitants, each and every time they order a drink.

And they’ll do so by refusing to drink from a straw. Or at the very least, by enjoying the use of a biodegradable version supplied by the hotel.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Hotel Updates: Indian Ocean Lodge

The Ritualistic Travelers 

They’ve been thanked, wined and dined, even honoured with gifts of state. So after 33 years, what keeps German couple Herbert and Corinna Pietsch coming back to the Seychelles?

One thing you’ll never hear between Herbert and Corinna Pietsch: “Remember that time we went to Seychelles?”

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Seychelles Tourism News

Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label Renewal for Three Hotels

The Tourism Department has renewed the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL) certification of three hotels – Cote d'Or Footprints and Constance Lemuria on Praslin and the Four Season Resort Seychelles at Baie Lazare.

The Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Maurice Loustau-Lalanne presented the SSTL certificates to the representatives of the three hotels on Thursday.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

New Property Alert: Chalet Bamboo Vert

Mason's Travel Adds Chalet Bamboo Vert  to Our Accommodation Portfolio

Chalet Bamboo Vert on La Digue Island, Seychelles, has been added to our accommodation portfolio. 

Ideally located in central La Digue, this comfortable guest house allows guests to have easy access to the local village of La Passe & the jetty. 

Friday, 20 April 2018

New Property Alert: Domaine Les Rochers

Mason's Travel Adds Domaine Les Rochers  to Our Accommodation Portfolio

Domaine Les Rochers , a new property on La Digue Island, Seychelles has been added to our accommodation portfolio. 

A small establishment set in a tropical garden features two self-catering bungalows and four new apartments. Located at the heart of the village of La Passe, close to shops, diving centre, internet cafe, boat charters, banks, bicycle hire and restaurants. 

Thursday, 19 April 2018

New Property Alert: Cocotier du Rocher

Mason's Travel Adds Cocotier du Rocher to Our Accommodation Portfolio

Cocotier du Rocher, a new property on La Digue Island, Seychelles has been added to our accommodation portfolio. 

Located in the heart of La Digue and only 5 minutes from La Passe this self-catering establishment is surrounded by a lush garden making it an ideal way truly experience an authentic La Digue getaway.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

New Property Alert: The Ridge Residence

Mason's Travel Adds The Ridge Residence to Our Accommodation Portfolio

Located on a ridge overlooking La Louise, the recently renovated property offers modernity and comfort. 

Comprising of 12 standard rooms which can accommodate a maximum of 3 persons. The Ridge Residence is suitable for people travelling alone, couples, families or even groups.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles Moves its Airport Sales Office to Victoria

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has moved its Airport Sales Office to its Mahe Sales Office in Victoria effective today, 17 April 2018.

The move to the Mahe Sales Office located in the Independence House will enable the airline to enhance operational efficiencies and improve the customer service.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Hotel Updates: Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare

Kempinski Seychelles Resort inspires Future Seychellois Hoteliers

Recently, a team of chefs from Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare visited aspiring Seychellois hoteliers at the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA). Executive Chef Hamzeh Abu El-Foul, together with three other members of his kitchen team, were invited by the Academy to help second-year Food Production students create a decadent three-course lunch, which was served to STA staff, members of the press and other invited guests.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles Expands Codeshare Network to Minsk

Air Seychelles and Etihad Airways have expanded their codeshare agreement to cover flights to Minsk, the capital of Belarus, effective from 29 April 2018.

The new codeshare deal will see, Air Seychelles place its “HM” code on three weekly flights between Minsk and Abu Dhabi to provide travelers easy one-stop connections to and from Seychelles.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Airline Updates: Zil Air

Zil Air Orders New  Tecnam P2012 'Traveller' Aircraft

Zil Air has announced an order for a Tecnam P2012 Traveller aircraft.

The arrival into service of the next-generation 11 seat P2012 Traveller has been highly anticipated by many air passenger operators, who have been demanding a replacement for the many hundreds of ‘heritage’ aeroplanes in the FAR23/CS23 category, which are currently in service around the world.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Hotel Updates: Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel

Renovation Works at Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel

Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel have announced that they will be undergoing renovation works in their main restaurant, Island Trader, from 10th April 2018 through to mid July 2018.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Hotel Updates: Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare

Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare Celebrates EarthHour 2018

On Saturday 24 March, at 20:30, Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare joined a global community of eco-conscious individuals, businesses and communities in observing the 2018 installment of EarthHour. Lights in the luxury hotel’s central building were switched off and switched out for candlelight, as guests’ attention was drawn to the main beach where a commemorative pyre lit up the night.

Monday, 2 April 2018

New Property Alert: Chauve Souris Relais

Mason's Travel Adds Chauve Souris Relais to Our Accommodation Portfolio

The Chauve Souris Relais is a small private island located a few hundred meters from the beautiful beach of Anse Volbert and  Côte d'Or, reachable in a few minutes by boat. 

The relais is composed of a natural stone house that consists of the lounge, dining room and pontoon equipped with sun loungers.  

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles and Sri Lankan Airlines Sign Agreement for Greater Network Access

Air Seychelles and SriLankan Airlines have signed a Special Prorate Agreement (SPA) to provide travellers with greater access and seamless transfers onto each other’s respective route networks, effective 1 April 2018.

As part of the partnership, guests travelling with Air Seychelles will be able to purchase through tickets with SriLankan Airways from Seychelles to Colombo, and onwards to Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Singapore and Tokyo.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Mason's Travel News

Mason’s Travel Staff Shine at Ocean Race to Mark 45th Anniversary of Seychelles’ First Marine Park

Staff from Mason’s Travel had an excellent showing at the annual kayak race to commemorate the Ste Anne Marine Park, now celebrating its 45th year of existence. About 35 participants took part in the race, ten of which were from Mason’s Travel. Participants started from Ste Anne Island, winding past the islands of Moyenne and Round before returning to the finish line.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Hotel Updates: Denis Private Island

Denis Private Island enjoys social media storm with UNILAD Adventure

For an online platform that reaches billions of people, even a tiny fraction of that amount can hold value for advertisers and businesses. But for Denis Private Island, it would appear UNILAD’s massive audiences have taken a special interest in the Indian Ocean island.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Seychelles in the Spotlight

Holidaymakers Enticed to add the Seychelles Islands to their bucket list by UK media

Seychelles has been gaining prominence in some of UK’s top publications. Recently, Seychelles was also listed among the 25 best destinations for winter sun by The Telegraph -- one of the biggest newspapers in the UK, with an outreach of almost 1.2 million.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Airline News: British Airways

British Airways is Back, Offering Year Round Flights to Seychelles

The first British Airways (BA) flight in 14 years landed at the Seychelles International airport on Sunday March 25, 2018.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down at around 6.10am with 214 passengers onboard.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Hotel Updates: Cerf Island Resort

Did You Know You Know About This Great Offering from Cerf Island Resort? 

Did you know that Cerf Island Resort, on Cerf Island, Seychelles, offers guest and visitors  an opportunity to enjoy guided snorkeling and hiking adventures?  What's more, this great offering is available free to all guests staying at the resort! 

The guided snorkel and hike tour is conducted by the Cerf Island Conservation Programme (CICP) and runs daily Monday to Friday starting at 10:30 am. 

Check out the promotional flyer and map below for more information. 

Monday, 19 March 2018

Live the Seychelles Experience . . .

 . . . on Alphonse Island!

"Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans." We have all heard this saying at some time or another and it is so true. 

Our everyday lives are filled with planning, work and obligations that often occupy our time and leaves room for little else. For mental and physical well-being is it important to 'isolate' yourself, take some time to savour your thoughts and breathe in the peace and quiet. What better place to do so than a remote island paradise..?

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles Announces 2018 Summer Schedule

Air Seychelles has today announced its 2018 summer schedule, offering travellers a choice of up to 25 international and 200 domestic flights a week.

Travellers can book seats for travel from 25 March to 27 October 2018.

This summer season, Air Seychelles will be operating the following international services from Seychelles International Airport:

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Seychelles Tourism News

Seychelles' Tourism Minister and Tourism Board CEO Hold Talks with Airline Partners at ITB Berlin 2018

The Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Maurice Loustau-Lalanne and the Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Sherin Francis, held discussions with airline partners on the sidelines of the 2018 ITB fair, held from March 7 to 11, in Berlin, Germany.

They met with officials from Qatar Airways, Edelweiss Air and Turkish Airlines.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Hotel Updates: Auberge Chez Plume

Auberge d'Anse Boileau Changes its Name

Kindly note that Auberge d'Anse Boileau, on Mahé Island, Seychelles,  has now changed its name to "Auberge Chez Plume."